One of the most costly parts of our work at the Stark center is the sorting, archiving and preserving of collections. Over the past several years, in particular, we’ve received several significant collections for which we are actively seeking financial support:
1. The Coach Augie Garrido Baseball Collection containing papers, memorabilia, photographs and other ephemera from the UT baseball coach, Augie Garrido. We are looking for funds to not only properly house his large collection in conservation materials—but, also to mount an exhibition in our Stark Center galleries.
2. The Tommy Kono Collection—Two-time Olympic gold medalist Tommy Kono’s 50 boxes of materials relate to his time as a weightlifter and national team coach (for Mexico 1968, Germany 1972, USA 1976, and the U.S. Women’s World Championship team from 1987-1989). His vast collection will need archival processing, and it could easily take one archivist an entire year to sort, properly process, and re-house in acid-free conservation materials.
3. The Doris Barrilleaux Collection—A pioneering figure in women’s bodybuilding, Barrilleaux was also an important physique photographer who shot most of the great bodybuilders of the 1970s and 1980s. Following her death in May of 2018, her family donated her photographic archives to the Center. Although well organized, we need funds for conservation materials to house this massive and important gift.